This is the complete 83 minute version which is much sharper and with a smaller download file than the 80 minute print already here at IA.
The Hitchcock touch is readily apparent in this highly entertaining romantic thriller spiced with dashes of wry humor. Good cast and good FX with convincing miniatures. Adapted from Josephine Tey's novel, "A Shilling For Candles." One of Hitchcock's last all-British productions before the start of his Hollywood years.
P.S. It's easy to spot Hitch in this one.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Released in 1937
a.k.a. "The Girl Was Young" and "Coins For Candles"
Complete print (original release)
March 21, 2015 Subject:
When I saw the name Nova Pilbeam, I was intrigued. I had either screened the original version posted on the Archive some time ago or I have a chopped up copy on a cheap DVD set, In any case if it was on the Archive I probably didn't do a review simply because nearly all of my reviews are the first one for any film listed, with a few exceptions.
To this one, I couldn't believe it has actually been downloaded 2251 times in recent days. Hey!, it's Hitchcock. So Maybe. In any case it is one of his lesser films, well made with great picture and sound and attention to detail which is the hallmark of Hitchcock. Yes it is 1930's England and all that but it moves rather slow and a couple of set pieces could have been eliminated or edited drastically for time and pacing. Generally the location shots and the "on set" shot are blended quite well due to good editing. The film starts with a bang and then goes downhill from there with an ending that is absolutely ludicrous.
Derrick DeMorney was a handsome and competent leading man and he looked a lot like brothers Jack Randall and Robert Livingston, from western films but he could out-act either one. Nova Pilbeam was innocent enough but she was obviously
a novice and she seems unsure of herself. Knowing what we know now concerning Hitchcock, Ms. Pilbeam may have been his "muse" of 1937. Who knows. The cast is filled with professional to a "T" character actors, none of whom misses a beat, except the drummer.(my joke) This a good mystery. I can't cheer for it, but you might like it.